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Music, All Shook Down Chris Farren Is The Guy Behind The Smiths Parody T-Shirt

Chris Farren Is The Guy Behind The Smiths Parody T-Shirt

Chris Farren is an enigma wrapped in a T-shirt. In what almost seems like a past life, the former Naples, FL resident and self-proclaimed punk-rock celebrity, fronted the indie emo-pop band Fake Problems. Since then, he's been busy. He formed…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist An Inconvenient Truth: Dr. Bennet Omalu on Prejudice in America's Favorite Pastimes

An Inconvenient Truth: Dr. Bennet Omalu on Prejudice in America's Favorite Pastimes

Dr. Bennet Omalu shares more with actor Will Smith than one might think.  Not only did Smith portray the forensic pathologist, credited with discovering Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the recent biopic Concussion, but also they've both experienced rejection…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

This Week: Kanye Vs. Beck, Taylor Vs. Trent and Will Smith Vs. Music

“Like books and black lives, albums still matter.” Prince at The Grammys. Smoothly done, oh orange one. (The Grammy's) “Beck knows Beyoncé should have won. I love Beck, but he didn't have the album of the year." Do you…
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News, Sucka Free City And the One-Man Band Played On: The City Can't Stop the Music

And the One-Man Band Played On: The City Can't Stop the Music

It's an old routine: A maintenance truck rolls up to the corner of Fourth and Market streets, right outside the Old Navy department store. The driver gets out and approaches a stack of buckets, milk crates, and unopened cans of…
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Music, All Shook Down Five Musicians' Kids Who Have Better Jobs Than You

Five Musicians' Kids Who Have Better Jobs Than You

Guess what, everybody? Despite the invention of child labor laws, there are whole gangs of marauding teens with careers more dazzling and exciting than any of ours. How does this depressing turn of events transpire? Well, usually it happens because…
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Film, "Men in Black 3": Bummer of '69

"Men in Black 3": Bummer of '69

Men in Black 3 reunites the series stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones with director Barry Sonnenfeld, who, beginning with 1991's The Addams Family, has made his fortune on special-effects comedies that could be synopsized and cross-promoted on the…
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Music, All Shook Down Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

Six Musicians Who'd Make a Better President Than Donald Trump

So, it turns out that angling to be a presidential nominee turns you into a massive racist. At least, that's all we've been able to glean so far from Donald Trump's ill-informed and bafflingly ignorant behavior over the last few…
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Music, BeatBox Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Jazzy Jeff: Show Preview

Game geeks may know him from his role in Activision's "DJ Hero," but the Magnificent Jazzy Jeff Townes started spinning Philly house parties way back in the early '80s and went on to win multiple Grammys with Will "The Fresh…
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Good Rappers Who've Made Terrible Actors

The trend of rappers shifting into acting is nothing new, and in theory it makes sense. Both roles focus on emotive storytelling, right? Unfortunately, that transition isn't always a smooth one--a point hammered home repeatedly by the new film Just…
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News, The Snitch Republicans Mourn Death of Will Smith. Wait a Second...

Republicans Mourn Death of Will Smith. Wait a Second...

The California Republican Party, according to communications coordinator David Saenz, has hired a lot of new communications staff. This, in part, explains why the party was able to send out a barrage of "statements" yesterday. And that e-mail rampage also…
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Film, It's a Miserable Life

It's a Miserable Life

Two years ago nearly to the day, Will Smith and Italian director Gabriele Muccino released The Pursuit of Happyness, one of the most underrated of recent Hollywood movies, which starred Smith as a single father navigating a hand-to-mouth existence on…
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Film, Superzero

Superzero

The Sixth Sense, starring Bruce Willis as a dead man, was writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough, but its follow-up, Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis as the walking dead reborn as a superhero, was the filmmaker's masterpiece. It remains the most quietly…
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Film, <i>Legend</i> Has It

Legend Has It

There are two momentous performances in the Darwinian horror fable I Am Legend. One is by the movie's star, Will Smith — but more about him in a minute. The other is by the movie's visual effects — not the…
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Music, All Shook Down

The Hundred Days, Sunn O))), Will Smith! -- ASD's Live Music Picks, July 4

The Hundred Days, 9 at Elbo Room. $6. “In a seemingly effortless blend of relentless rhythms, stirring vocals, layered guitars, and atmospheric keyboards, SF rockers The Hundred Days paint euphoric soundscapes on their eponymous new release. With a wall of…
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Film, Rich Man, Poor Man

Rich Man, Poor Man

About Will Smith's estimable talents, there is no doubt. Six Degrees of Separation, Ali ... um ... the "Parents Just Don't Understand" video — the man's got skills to pay the bills, yours and mine and his. That he seldom…
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Calendar, Night&Day L.A. Story

L.A. Story

I used to live above the shimmering intersection of Broadway and Taylor, with its IMAX-like view of the Bay Bridge, as seen in The Princess Bride, Monk, and, coming soon, the Will Smith vehicle that recently infested downtown. Admittedly, I…
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Film, Just One Hitch

Just One Hitch

One should expect little from the man who has directed an Olsen Twins movie (It Takes Two, the one with Steve Guttenberg, no less), Matthew Perry's first Friends-to-film entry (Fools Rush In, its title an apparent nod to audiences who…
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Film, Sacrificing Isaac

Sacrificing Isaac

If you're wondering how Hollywood could possibly adapt Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, a collection of similarly themed short stories bound together by the slenderest of common threads, the answer is that it didn't. The credits for I, Robot read "suggested…
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Calendar, Urban Experience Show Time!

Show Time!

SAT 8/23 If you want to watch the nation's most famous black performers, you can see Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in the cinematic masterpiece Bad Boys II. But if your real interest is in seeing African-American artists at the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sold American

Sold American

When James Dean flipped up the collar on his red jacket in Rebel Without a Cause, would-be mutineers everywhere went shopping for an identical look. Forty years later, Will Smith provided the same service for Ray-Ban in Men in Black.…
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